The South-East Queensland (SEQ) city deal has been made official, with Federal, State and Local Governments signing the Statement of Intent.
The City Deal aims to unlock the economic potential of South East Queensland, ensuring its successful future for next two decades.
The document was co-signed on 15 March 2019 by Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Alan Tudge; Queensland Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad; and Lord Mayor of Brisbane and Chair of the South East Queensland Council of Mayors, Graham Quirk.
Mr Tudge said the Statement of Intent outlined the shared vision of the Federal Coalition Government, State Government and Council of Mayors to drive investment and bolster liveability throughout South East Queensland.
“South East Queensland is experiencing one of the highest rates of population growth in Australia,” Mr Tudge said.
“This City Deal enables the three levels of government to develop long term plans to cater for this growth.”
The SEQ City Deal will be the third in Queensland following the establishment of the Townsville City Deal and Hinkler Regional Deal.
Queensland Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad, said the South East Queensland City Deal was a unique opportunity for all three levels of government to work together to unlock the region’s potential.
“South East Queensland is growing rapidly and we need all governments to work together to make sure our infrastructure is fit for the future,” Ms Trad said.
“This City Deal will be firmly focussed on collaborating with industry and the community to improve our region’s competitiveness, enhance liveability and, most importantly, create jobs.”
Lord Mayor of Brisbane and Chair of the SEQ Council of Mayors, Graham Quirk, said the City Deal would make the region an even better place to live and work.
“We have an excellent lifestyle in South East Queensland and as we grow it is imperative that we continue to preserve the high quality of life that already exists here while continuing to attract people and investment to South East Queensland,” Mr Quirk said.
“Once finalised, the Deal will deliver one region that is connected locally and competing globally and we look forward to finalising a City Deal for our region that will build on the investments already underway and improve job prospects for locals.
“Consultation will be a key part of this process to ensure the Deal gets the right outcomes for the region’s communities.”